Digital Television
DTV - HDTV Channel List

San Francisco Bay Area
(within 100 miles of San Francisco)
Listed by Transmitter Channel


All full power analog stations have gone off the air. The only analog stations remaining are low power and translator stations.

See "Notes" below for explanation of header information.   

Transmitter
Channel
Virtual
Channel
Call
Letters
Network/
Programming
City of
License
Transmitter
Location
ERP
kW
Antenna
HAAT-ft
Information
and Notes
 
2.145.1KFTYReligionSanta RosaMt. St. Helena33002 L
2.245.2 Religion     
 
3.233.2KCSOTelemundoSacramentoS of San Andreas51955 H - L
3.333.3 Zuus Country     
 
3.13.1K03ICReligionSanta RosaNW of Cloverdale0.3358 L
 
4.138.1K04QRShoppingEspartoSE of Folsom.3482 L
 
7.37.1KGOABCSan FranciscoSutro Tower23.81703 H - T - abc7news.com
7.47.2 Live Well HD     H
7.57.3 Live Well SD     
 
8.18.1KSBWNBCSalinasFremont Peak20.62493 H - ksbw.com
8.28.2 ABC     H
 
8.152.1KDTSDaystarSan FranciscoMt. Diablo0.222835 L - daystar.com
 
9.16.1KVIEPBSSacramentoWalnut Grove331958 H - M - kvie.org
9.26.2 PBS Create     
9.36.3 V-me     
 
10.110.1KXTVABCSacramentoWalnut Grove28.62008 H - news10.net
10.210.2 Live Well   
 
12.311.1KNTVNBCSan JoseMt. San Bruno103.11236 H - M - nbcbayarea.com
12.411.2 COZI-TV     
 
13.135.1KCBAFOXSalinasFremont Peak19.752362 H
 
14.142.1KTNCEstrellaTVConcordMt. Diablo403156EstrellaTV
14.242.2 EstrellaTV    EstrellaTV
14.342.3 MGM-This     
14.442.4 Retro TV     
 
14.114.1K14MWReligionPetalumaNE of Santa Rosa4919 L - N - T
 
15.123.1KBSVArmenianCeresMt. Oso.4211788 
 
18.119.1KUVSUnivisionModestoS of San Andreas5001821 H
18.264.2 KTFK-UniMas    H
18.319.3 Bounce TV    
 
19.119.1KMBYMundoFOXTempletonMt. Toro15687 L
19.219.2 Estrella TV    EstrellaTV
19.319.3 Daystar    daystar.com
19.419.4 For Lease     
 
19.320.1KOFYIndependentSan FranciscoSutro Tower5681601 H
19.520.2 ME-TV     
19.620.3 Viet TV     
19.720.4 Vietface TV     
 
20.120.1KSCZReligionGreenfieldFremont Peak.72165 L
 
20.127.1K20JX3ABNSacramentoSW of Lincoln4.7259 L
20.227.2 AmazingFacts     
20.327.3 3ABNProclaim     
20.427.4 3ABNLatino     
 
21.121.1KMUVMTV-TR3SMontereyFremont Peak4.52333 L
 
21.131.1KMAXCWSacramentoWalnut Grove10002014 H
 
22.122.1KLFB3ABNSalinasMt. Toro3.492651 L
22.222.2 3ABNLatino     
22.322.3 Dare To Dream     
22.422.4 3ABN-Same as 22.1     
 
23.122.1KRCBPBSCotatiSonoma Mtn.2992068 H
23.222.2 PBS Create     
23.322.3 NHK World     
 
23.123.1KEZTHome ShoppingSacramentoDowntown Sacto4.5279 L
 
25.113.1KOVRCBSStocktonWalnut Grove10002021 H - cbssacramento.com
 
25.125.1KQETPBS-HDWatsonvilleFremont Peak81.12292 H
25.225.2 KTEH-SD-PBS     
25.325.3 V-me     
 
26.126.1K26JV?HealdsburgSE of Windsor1.0879 L
 
26.164.1KTFKUniMasStocktonWalnut Grove8501952 H
26.219.2 KUVS-Univision     H
26.364.3 Get TV     
 
27.127.1KYMBME-TVMontereySE of Monterey5574 L
27.227.2 MGM-This     
27.327.3 QVC     
27.427.4 ZUUS Country     
27.427.4 ZUUS Latino     
 
27.126.1KTSFIndependentSan FranciscoMt. San Bruno8581323 
27.226.2 Diya TV     
27.326.3 KBS America    KBS
27.426.4 ICN-Chinese    ICN
27.526.5 VietToday TV     
27.626.6 YSTV     
 
28.128.1KKPMFamily/VarietyChicoSutter Butttes11.52142 L
28.228.2 HomeShopping     
 
28.128.1KFTLChineseSan FranciscoMt. San Bruno151243 L
28.228.2 HomeShopping     
28.328.3 ZUUS Latino     
28.428.4 Chinese     
28.1028.10 24/7 Network     
28.1528.15 ZUUS Country     
 
28.128.1KDTVUnivisionSanta RosaN of Calistoga3.72697 L
28.228.2 KFSF-UniMas     
28.328.3 Get TV     
 
28.128.1KMMWTelemundoStocktonS of San Andreas151831 L
 
29.15.1KPIXCBSSan FranciscoSutro Tower10001679 H - T - cbssf.com
 
30.19.1KQEDPBS-HDSan FranciscoSutro Tower10001679 H - kqed.org
30.29.2 KQEH-SD-PBSSan Jose    
30.39.3 PBS World     
 
31.167.1KSMSUnivisionMontereyFremont Peak5002299 
31.267.2 KDJT-UniMas     
31.367.3 LATV     
 
31.115.1KMUMMTV-TR3SSacramentoNW of Rio Linda15410 H - L
31.215.2 MTV-TR3S     
 
32.146.1KIONCBSMontereyMt. Toro462487 H
32.246.2 CW     
 
32.350.1KEMOAztecaSanta RosaMt. St. Helena203045 H - T
 
33.332.1KMTPNews-ArtsSan FranciscoSutro Tower4801696 
33.432.2 Blank screen     
33.532.4 Blank screen     
33.632.5 ARTS     
33.732.6 KPOP-Music     
 
34.134.1KACADaystarModestoW of Ripon10440 L
 
34.166.1KFSFUniMasVallejoSutro Tower3701634 H
34.266.2 KDTV-Univision     H
34.366.3 Bounce TV     
 
35.13.1KCRANBCSacramentoWalnut Grove10001900 H - M - kcra.com
35.23.2 MeTV     
 
35.17.1KGOABCSan JoseMt. Allison12.11959 H - L - T - abc7news.com
35.27.2 Live Well HD     H - L
35.37.3 Live Well SD     L
 
36.336.1KICUIndependentSan JoseMonument Pk7402251 H - M
36.436.2 KEMS-Korean    KEMS
36.536.3 CCTV     
 
38.138.1K38JPESNE MexicanSalinasMt. Toro152254 L
38.238.2 Monterey County     
38.338.3 Color Bars     
38.438.4 VZTV Mexian     
38.1138.11 ?     
38.1238.12 ?     
 
38.34.2KRONNews, Wx, TrfkSan FranciscoSutro Tower10001679 H kron4.com
38.44.1 MyNetworkTV     
38.54.3 Antenna TV     
 
39.139.1KMMD3ABN-LatinoSalinasMt. Toro152418 L
 
39.138.1KCNSMundoFOXSan FranciscoSutro Tower10001679 H
39.238.2 Sino TV     
39.338.3 KTNC-EstrellaTV    EstrellaTV
39.438.4 Tokyo TV     
39.538.5 NTD-TV     
39.638.6 The Works     
 
40.140.1KTXLFOXSacramentoWalnut Grove9501972 H
40.240.2 Antenna TV     
 
40.340.1KMMC3ABN-LatinoSan FranciscoMt. San Bruno141283 L
 
41.365.1KKPXIonSan JoseMt. San Bruno10001371 H - M
41.465.2 Qubo     
41.565.3 Ion Life     
41.665.4 Shop TV     
41.765.5 HomeShopping     
 
42.142.1KMSXReligionSacramentoW of N. Highlands15449 L
 
42.11.1KAXTWhat's OnSanta Clara-San JoseMt. Allison151916 L - V - kaxt1.com
42.21.2 Family TV     
42.31.3 QVC     
42.41.4 VietBay     
42.51.5 Que Huong     
42.61.6 Net Viet     
42.71.7 VietOp     
42.81.8 Corner     
42.91.9 U Channel     
42.101.10 Tiempos Finales     
42.111.11 Jewelry TV     
42.121.12 Net V MyVan     
42.131.13 Brioso Classical     Audio only
42.141.14 Que Huong Radio     Audio only
42.151.15 Classic Country     Audio only
42.161.16 Classic Hindi     Audio only
42.171.17 Bhajans-Spiritual     Audio only
42.181.18 Desi Jams-Hindi     Audio only
42.191.19 Tagalog     Audio only
42.201.20 Music from India     Audio only
 
43.360.1KCSMEducationalSan MateoSutro Tower5001678 H
43.460.2 France 24     
43.560.3 Jazz TV     
 
44.32.1KTVUFOXOaklandSutro Tower10001680 H - M - ktvu.com
44.42.2 LATV     
 
45.144.1KBCWCWSan FranciscoSutro Tower10001611 H
 
46.143.1K46LGAztecaMontereyFremont Peak152247 L
46.243.2 Azteca     
46.343.3 Jewelry TV     
46.443.4 Azteca     
 
46.158.1KQCAMyNetTVStocktonWalnut Grove6001903 H
46.258.2 MGM-This     
 
47.168.1KTLNTLNNovatoBurdell Mtn.10001319 
47.268.2 CRTV     
47.368.3 SBN     
47.468.4 Cool TV     
 
48.129.1KSPXIonSacramentoWalnut Grove10001604 H
48.229.2 Qubo     
48.329.3 Ion Life     
48.429.4 Shop TV     
48.529.5 QVC     
48.629.6 HomeShopping     
48.733.1 Telemundo     
 
48.32.1KTVUFOXSan JoseMonument Pk3.52100 H - L - ktvu.com
48.42.2 LATV     
 
49.149.1KSAOCoastal TVSacramentoSE of Folsom10.3344 L
49.249.2 Vietnam Broadcasting     
49.349.3 Shopping     
49.449.4 Shopping-Spanish     
49.549.5 Antique Shopping     
49.649.6 Channel for lease     
 
49.348.1KSTSTelemundoSan JoseMt. Allison2572257 H - M
49.448.2 Exitostv     
49.548.3 Blank screen     
 
49.149.1K49KSReligion-SpanishSanta RosaNE of Santa Rosa1341 L
49.249.2 Color Bars     
49.349.3 Color Bars     
49.449.4 Color Bars     
 
50.154.1KQEHKQEH-SD-PBSSan JoseMonument Pk3102172 
50.254.2 KQED-SD-PBS     
50.354.3 PBS Life     
50.454.4 PBS Kids     
50.554.5 V-me     
 
51.18.1KBTVVarious EthnicSacramentoDowntn Sac'to15285 L
51.28.2 HOT-History Of TV     
51.38.3 Sonlife-Religion     
51.48.4 Telos - Health     
51.58.5 Shopping     
51.68.6 Color Bars     
 
51.114.1KDTVUnivisionSan FranciscoMt. Allison4762300 H - univision14.com
51.214.2 KFSF-UniMas     H
51.314.3 Get TV     
 
Stations with construction permits that are not yet on the air:
 
2.1 K02QP?KeyesTurlock0.3220 L - N
 
2.1 K02QQ?MontereyLeguna Seca0.06525 L - N
 
3.1 K14MWReligionPetalumaMt. Tamalpais1.22195 L - N - T
 
4.1 KTVJIndependentPetalumaMt. Tamalpais0.32188 L - N
 
4.1 KBIS?TurlockTurlock0.3220 L - N
 
7.1 K07ZK?MontereyMt. Toro0.32487 L - N
 
11.1 K11WPReligionCloverdaleNW of Cloverdale0.3361 L - N
 
11.1 KOTRMyNetTVSanta CruzLoma Prieta Mt.1.852726 L - N
 
13.1 K13ZRReligionCloverdaleNW of Cloverdale0.3361 L - N
 
23.1 K23LK?ModestoTurlock15282 L - N
 
24.1 KRJRWord of GodSacramentoWalnut Grove151596 L - N
 
26.1 K26KS?SalinasS of Salinas52533 L - N
 
27.1 KEXTTeleFuturaModestoMt. Oso151214 L - N
 
28.1 K28LU?SalinasS of Salinas52533 L - N
 
32.150.1KEMOAztecaSanta RosaSutro Tower2001549 T
 
32.1 KFKK?StocktonSE of Hughson5272 L - N
 
34.1 K34LR?SalinasS of Salinas52533 L - N
 
42.1 K42JI?CeresTurlock1.0220 L - N
 
42.1 KBKF?Glen ArborSanta Cruz Mt.151883 L - N
 
42.15.1KPIXKPIXNapaMt. Vaca1.282044 H - L - N - T
 
43.1 KMCE?MontereyFremont Peak152247 L - N
 
44.1 K44KR?SalinasS of Salinas152533 L - N
 
47.1 KFMS?KeyesTurlock1.0220 L - N
 
48.1 KDASDaystarSan RafaelMt. Tamalpais152274 L - N
 

NOTES:

"Transmitter Channel" is the channel number the station actually transmits on.

"Virtual Channel" is the channel to which the signal is aliased.  A signal transmitted by the station causes this number to be used on viewers' sets.  Stations are required by the FCC to use their former analog channel number as their Virtual Channel since viewers are familiar with that numbering system and station identification.  The virtual channel is marked with a question mark for those stations not yet on the air.  See the Virtual Channel Listing for a station list by virtual channel number.

Several sub-channels (programs) can be transmitted on each digital television channel. To distinguish a station's sub-channels, decimals or dashes are added after the channel number - for example 7.1, 7.2 and 7.3, or 7-1, 7-2 and 7-3. Most tuners will not show any digital signals at all until you've had the tuner do a "scan", and if a station has made changes in its lineup, these tuners will not show those changes until you scan again.

Most tuners only show stations on their virtual channels, but some tuners show stations on their actual transmitted channels as well. A few tuners show stations only on their transmitted channels. This is why we show both channels in our list. (Note, too, that knowing transmitted channels is important when you select antennas, coax, and preamplifiers, since virtual channels are meaningless when you design your antenna and signal distribution systems.)

All tuners will show all of a station's sub-channels if you receive the station well enough to receive any one of its sub-channels, but on the transmitted channel, some tuners may not show sub-channels on the same sub-channel numbers (such as .1, .2, or .3) that appear on the virtual channel and which appear in our list. Some stations do not begin their sub-channels with .1 on their transmitted channel, so you may find nothing on .1 or .2 and find sub-channels on .3 and above. Therefore, if you are watching a transmitter channel, and the sub-channels don't match our list, tune through all of the sub-channels to find the program you want.

The television band now only consists of channels 2 through 51. The frequencies above channel 51 have been auctioned off for public service, cell phone and other services.
Channels 2 through 13 are VHF.
Channels 14 through 51 are UHF.

Although still authorized for television, channels 2 through 6 have been found to be poor for digital service. Electrical interference from power lines, motors, lightning, etc. causes the loss of digital bits and the loss of signal. Only 40 full power digital stations are on these channels in the entire country; only one in California, channel 3 in Eureka.

VHF signals propagate more readily than UHF signals, so VHF stations need to transmit with less power to cover the same area.

The actual frequencies of the various channels can be seen on the CSG Network Television Frequency Table.

Clicking on the call letters of a station in the list above will take you to that station's records on the Federal Communications Commission site.

ERP = Effective Radiated Power
HAAT = Height Above Average Terrain
H - Transmits in High Definition (HDTV)
L - Low Power or Translator Station
M - Transmits mobile DTV, or will be soon
N - Not Yet On The Air
T - See notes below for special information for this station
V - KAXT has FCC okay to use channel 1 for it's virtual channel
Major San Francisco sites are in red.
Major Sacramento site is in green.

TV STATION INFORMATION:
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
3-K14MW has approval for station on channel 3 from Mt. Tamalpais.
5-KPIX has a construction permit for a 1.28 kW translator on channel 42 at Mt. Vaca and an on-channel (channel 29) translator for Mt. San Bruno.
7-KGO has a construction permit for on-channel (channel 7) translator for Mt. San Bruno.
14-K14MW has approval for station on channel 3 from Mt. Tamalpais.
32-KEMO has applied for a Distributed Transmission System second transmitter on Sutro Tower.
42-KPIX has a construction permit for a 1.28 kW translator on channel 42 at Mt. Vaca and an on-channel (channel 29) translator for Mt. San Bruno.
50-KEMO has applied for a Distributed Transmission System second transmitter on Sutro Tower.



SPACING REQUIREMENTS

Transmitter Channels 7-13:
Prohibited on same channel: 0-170 mi
Prohibited on adjacent channel: 14.29-68.35 mi

Transmitter Channels 14-51:
Prohibited on same channel: 0-139 mi
Prohibited on adjacent channel: 14.91-68.35 mi
Note on spacing requirements:
The "doughnut" shaped exclusion zone for adjacent channels recognizes
that adjacent stations only present a problem when there is a strong
station right next to a weak station you want to watch.

The source for most of this information is the FCC web site.

Data on this page was compiled by:
   Larry Kenney, WB9LOZ, Retired engineer, KGO/ABC
   Bill Choisser, K9AT, Registered Professional Engineer, California

There are very active HDTV forums on line for the Bay Area and the nation.
Visit our Broadcasting Page for links to them - http://www.choisser.com/broadcast.html

These charts will be updated as required.
Last updated on April 8, 2014.

Accuracy is not guaranteed but is correct to the best of our knowledge.

Larry Kenney
Corrections are welcome


San Francisco Bay Area-Sacramento-Monterey Digital Channel Lists:
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